JetBoil STASH Review | Best Backpacking Stove
1/2 the Weight of Previous JetBoil Stoves! Retains Signature JetBoil Performance & Features
New JetBoil STASH Stove | JetBoil Performance & Features at 1/2 the Weight!
The new JetBoil STASH Stove is a game-changer. At half the weight of previous JetBoil stoves, the STASH still retains the performance, fuel efficiency, and creature comforts that everybody loves about JetBoil stoves. A win, win. It competes head to head with the weight of many ultralight alcohol stoves but surpasses them on boil times, fuel efficiency, ease of use, and simmer control. As such we see it enticing many types of backpackers to switch to the STASH — backpackers that don’t carry a stove due to weight, ultralight alcohol stove users, MSR Pocket Rocket owners, and of course current JetBoil owners who want to save nearly half a pound.
5 Highlights | New JetBoil STASH Backpacking Stove System
- JetBoil Performance, Just Lighter: JetBoil STASH is 1/2 the weight of previous JetBoil Stoves yet gives up very little in functionality. In most 3-season conditions you’ll likely see similar performance to heavier JetBoil Stoves with boil times & fuel efficiency similar to our favorite JetBoil, the MiniMo. [Albeit the STASH takes a bit longer to boil 2 cups vs. the sub-2-minutes of the Jetboil Flash. And yes, we tested all this performance this in the field and in the lab.]
- Smaller Compact Form: The new STASH is substantially smaller than the Jetboil Flash or MiniMo. We especially like its great internal organization and that nothing rattles around inside the pot. E.g. the fuel canister neatly snaps securely into the lid in exactly the right position to miss the stove burner.
- Universal Pot/Pan compatibility: Unlike other JetBoils, the JetBoil STASH’s new burner will work with any pot or pan without the need for an adapter. E.g. super nice if you also bring a small frying pan.
- Pot Stability: The JetBoil STASH’s new burner pot support arms have a notch that interlocks with the flux-ring on the bottom of the pot. This makes it hard to accidentally knock the pot off the stove.
- Amazing, Ultralight Coffee: The STASH with a 1.5 oz French Press attachment makes amazing, barista-quality backcountry coffee! The whole STASH cooking system (pot + burner) with the Jetboil Grande Silicone Coffee Press attachment is only 9 ounces. That total JetBoil system is about 3 ounces lighter than just the GSI Outdoors Java Press which does not include a stove or pot to boil water.
Field & Lab Testing
We field-tested the new JetBoil STASH Stove System for winter hiking and camping in the Appalachian Mountains including below freezing and windy conditions. We also lab tested the stove against the competition for boil time, fuel efficiency, and ease of use in all conditions — warm and cold temperatures, calm conditions, and windy — and all combinations. Checkout our Compared To Section to see how the JetBoil Stash fared against the competition, including the MSR Pocket Rocket, and our Favorite Alcohol Stove, the Trail Designs Caldera.
Key Specs | JetBoil STASH Stove System
Weight: 7.1 oz, 210g (7.4 oz, 210g as tested including 7g stove sleeve)
Capacity: 0.8 L
Boil Time: 2 min 30 sec for 0.5 L
Fuel Efficiency: 12 liters boiled / 100 g Fuel (vs. ~7.5 for a standard canister stove)
Pressure Regulator: No
Built-in Ignition: No
Overview of the JetBoil STASH Stove
The JetBoil Flash is one of the best selling backpacking stoves of all time (e.g. its the #1 Seller in Amazon’s “Camping Backpacking Stoves”). It’s easy to use, boils water fast, has an appealing slim form, and has that wow-cool-gizmo! factor going for it.
So it’s a big surprise that with the 2021 STASH JetBoil has suddenly bested all its previous stoves by a large margin. That is, they cut the weight in half but retained almost everything that was good and cool about JetBoil Stoves. It has the fast boil times, great fuel efficiency, and the ease of use you expect from JetBoil. But it’s even smaller and almost a half pound lighter! Below we summarize what’s great about the stove, how it compares to the competition including the MSR Pocket Rocket, and our Favorite Alcohol Stove, the Trail Designs Caldera and how it could be even better.
Conclusion | JetBoil STASH Stove Cooking System
We’re guessing that the JetBoil STASH will in a short time dethrone the Flash as “the stove of choice for most backpackers” — as well as attracting hikers currently not taking a stove due to weight. That is, a year from now if not sooner, the STASH will be the most popular backpacking stove.
The JetBoil STASH’s advantages over the Flash
- It’s 6 oz lighter (almost 50%)
- Similar performance to the Flash (albeit a bit slower but still decent boil times)
- Similar cost to the Flash
- Smaller, compact size with wider easier to cook in and clean pot
- It has better simmer control (or more accurately the Flash doesn’t simmer)
- Universal pot compatibility (you can bring your frying pan without needing an adapter like other JetBoils)
When would you choose another stove?
Well in warm and calm conditions if the fastest boil times are your highest priority the 9,000 BTU Flash might be a better choice — if you are willing to take the 6 oz weight penalty. And if it’s cold and windy the MinoMo with its pressure regulated and more wind-protected burner does far better for both boil times and fuel efficiency. And either the Flash or the MiniMo might be better if you think you need the xtra 0.2 L capacity of the 1 L pot to make your trip work.